Brown Creeper – 5/1/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/1/24

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Brown Creeper

Scientific Name: Certhia americana

Comments: Brown creepers are tiny woodland birds with an affinity for the biggest trees they can find. Look for these little, long-tailed scraps of brown and white spiraling up stout trunks and main branches. Their curved claws allow them to creep up the trunks of trees but not down, so when they reach the top they fly back down and start creeping up again.

They probe into crevices and pick at loose bark with their slender, downcurved bills, and build their hammock-shaped nests behind peeling flakes of bark. Their high-pitched squeaky calls help find this hard-to-see but common species.

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